A wanted man who barricaded himself inside a Rapid City home was taken into custody Thursday morning after a three-hour standoff with police, including a tactical operations team.

Varden James Flood, 27, was arrested on felony drug warrants at a house near the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue shortly before 10 a.m., said Capt. Tony Harrison of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.

Dozens of law enforcement officers were at the scene, including about 25 members of the county’s Special Response Team, a tactical operations unit that has assisted with barricaded suspects and serving high-risk drug warrants. 

The team was called in because of Flood’s history of violence and firearms, as well as the house’s proximity to Rapid City’s main thoroughfares and the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, said Harrison.

“We brought in extra resources to make sure the public was safe,” Harrison, who also serves as deputy commander of the team, said in a media briefing after Flood’s capture.

Sheriff’s deputies have been searching for Flood for weeks to serve warrants for possession of a controlled substance. A tip led them to the Main Street house Tuesday night, and a person who came out of the residence confirmed that Flood was inside, Harrison said.

Law enforcement started moving into the area around 7 a.m. Thursday. At one point, Harrison said, Flood walked onto the roof from a second-floor window and saw that the place was surrounded by police. He went back inside and later surrendered after negotiating with authorities.

“The person in the home controls the scenario,” Harrison said. “As soon as he comes out, we move on to the next thing.”

No weapons were found on Flood at the time of his arrest.

He was seen leaving the scene in handcuffs, driven away in a sheriff’s office patrol car. It was his birthday.

Contact Tiffany Tan at tiffany.tan@rapidcityjournal.com.